DAVAO Region received its first batch of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) single-shot coronavirus vaccine, with a total of 143,850 doses donated on Monday morning, July 19, 2021.
Also transported were 900 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines.
The vaccines, transported via commercial flight, arrived at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao International Airport) at 6:50 a.m.
Dr. Rachel Joy Pasion, Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit head of the Department of Health-Davao Region (DOH-Davao), said in a virtual presser on Monday, July 19, that the J&J vaccines will be allocated to specific priority groups.
Pasion said the vaccines will be allocated to Priority Groups A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons with comorbidities).
She also said the prioritization of the vaccines will be administered to areas under "high risk" for Covid-19, and those living in densely populated areas.
Residents under geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (Gida) will also be prioritized for the J&J vaccines, the DOH official said.
As of Monday, July 19, Davao Region has received a total of 1,265,480 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, namely, Sinovac CoronaVac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Gamaleya Sputnik V, and J&J.
DOH-Davao has yet to provide the comprehensive breakdown of the number per vaccine brand.
Out of the 1,265,480 doses received, 1,058,810 doses were already distributed.
A total of 500,410 doses were administered on the first dose, and 166,916 were administered on the second dose.
Based on the breakdown, a total of 100,761 Priority A1 (medical health workers) were given the first dose, while 72,844 for the second dose.
For A2, 145,919 were given the first dose, while 30,119 for the second dose.
Also vaccinated are A3 (160,133 for first dose, 61,850 for second dose), A4 or essential workers (85,582 for first dose, 1,429 for second dose); and A5 or indigent population (8,015 for first dose, 674 for second dose).
The arrival of the J&J vaccines in Davao Region is part of the 3,213,200 doses donated by the United States (US) through CoVax Facility to the Philippines.
The country received its first two batches of the J&J vaccine on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17.
Clinical trial results for the single-dose Janssen vaccine showed an efficacy rate of up to 66.9 percent against moderate to severe Covid-19. (With reports from SunStar Philippines)